How Bush buys positive war spin 

Billions of dollars at stake in the Big Media deregulation game

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"Because of meager press coverage and steps taken by the Federal Communications Commission in its policy-making process, most people probably have no idea that it is taking place," Kovach says. Only one public hearing is slated, and that was a drag-the-feet concession to 120 consumer and media advocacy groups.

So, here's the answer to Jay Bookman's puzzlement over press lethargy: It's just a little quid pro quo. "The whole media industry has urgent matters before George Bush's FCC," New York media critic Danny Schechter says. "Of course they're neutralizing the news about the war. It's business."

That well-worn disclaimer: Cox owns 25 percent of CL's parent company. Senior Editor John Sugg, also owns a sliver of the company -- he says he's still waiting for his partner, Mrs. Chambers, to invite him to tea. Sugg can be reached at 404-614-1241 or at


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